Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has allayed fears that Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success and Moses Simon would be found wanting at the FIFA U20 World Cup after they all failed to make the team’s training camp in Germany.
All three players were busy with their respective clubs, hence their failure to make the Germany training camp, but made the final list of 21 and Manu has explained why he included all three players in his team despite his earlier stance that he won’t include players who didn’t make the Germany training camp.
“I said that because the players who have been training with us understand our philosophy and have undergone all the trainings, but you can’t take away anything from Success, who is playing for a club like Granada and he is injury free and doing well.
“Moses is the most important player at Belgian club Gent. Kelechi has been on superb form. He is one player who can be relied upon if he is free of injury and I believe he has recovered from that injury.
“I believe their inclusion in the team will go a long way in adding more strength to the team,” he said.
Manu went on to state that he has no fears whatsoever, explaining that they already understand the team’s philosophy, but adds that none of them have an automatic starting berth.
“I don’t have any fear because these players have been with us. Even Moses Simon was with us in the early part of the U17 team before he went on to play for the U20 team. He may not know our philosophy, but for Kelechi and Success, they know how we play right from the U17s. Kelechi even played the qualifiers.
“But we are also not saying these players will come in automatically to the first team, they will be coming in gradually for them to find a synergy with the other players.